I do push ups 3-4 times per week. You have to get your ENTIRE body involved for push ups, but it primarily targets your chest (aka, your pecs) and front of the shoulders. Depending on how you position your arms, the triceps will get a CRAZY intense workout as well. Your core will also be challenged, but you have to focus on engaging your core for maximum results.
In these pics I’m in my couch-azzing clothes (now you know what I wear when I’m lazy). You don’t have to dress up fitness-pretty to do push ups, because you can drop and do them anytime. If you’ve been following my updates on Facebook and Twitter, you already know I’ve been knocking on 100 push-ups per training session. I typically do 10-20 reps in between each plyometric cardio-burst until I’ve reach 100 total push ups.
I chat with lots of awesome peeps about push-ups, but it bums me out when this is what they say stuff like this:
- I wish I could do those.
- I can’t do push ups. They’re too hard.
- I can only do 3 push ups.
Well, okay. I felt the same why when I started out, but the not-so-secret trick to becoming a push-ups powerhouse is to do them consistently. Do them often. Start in the “girlie” modified position and work your way up to full body. You CAN do this!
If you commit to your push-ups, you WILL see strength gains fairly quickly. You will be a bad ass, m’kay? Just start out as demonstrated in the pics below.
Even if you can only bust out 1 or 2 for now, keep at it! Don’t try some today and then not do them again for an entire week. That’s a no-no.
No booty-poking-out, please. Keep that straight body line. Breath in as you lower down and breath out as you push up. Proper breathing delivers adequate oxygen to your muscles to perform the move. (Yeah, I’m getting scientific on your azz!)
Just as with most stuff in life, it takes time, practice and patience to improve and grow. If today you can’t do 2 or 10 push-ups, it does NOT mean you are stuck there, so no more talking about what you can’t do. Let’s get crackin’ on what you’re working towards consistently!
Are you a push-ups powerhouse or working on getting there? I wanna hear about your training.